Announced at WWDC 2022, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip finally arrived in stores and in the hands of customers last week. And while it’s no surprise that the M2 MacBook Pro isn’t a huge upgrade over its previous generation, a teardown by i’ll fix it has now shown that this MacBook is simply a recycled laptop with a new chip in it.
Thanks to iFixit, a well-known company specializing in independent repair, we can now take a closer look at the internal components of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to see what’s different from the 2020 model. Spoiler alert: virtually nothing has changed except for the M2 chip.
M2 MacBook Pro is a recycled laptop.
It’s no surprise that Apple has reused the chassis of the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro, as the laptops are virtually identical. However, iFixit noticed that even the bottom of the new laptop is the same as the 2020 version. Both have the model number “A2338” laser engraved, as well as the same FCC ID, confirming that Apple didn’t even bother updating the labels with the new model ID – assuming there’s a new model ID. .
On a related note, MKBHD showed in its review of the M2 MacBook Pro that even the box is the same as the previous model, because Apple just put a new sticker with the technical specifications over the old one.
Back to the disassembly, the screws on the bottom cover are the same as the previous ones, as are most of the internal components. Apple has changed some chips, but they are in the exact same place as they are on the M1 MacBook Pro logic board. For some reason, the M2 MacBook Pro’s heatsink has chamfered corners, but this doesn’t seem to affect how the part works.
Removing the circuit board from the M2 MacBook Pro isn’t exactly difficult, but the part can be easily damaged without the right tools. iFixit was able to insert the logic board from the M2 MacBook Pro into the M1 MacBook Pro – and although the laptop turns on, it doesn’t detect the built-in keyboard and trackpad, rendering the upgrade useless.
YouTuber Luke Miani also tried to swap the chip between the two machinesbut the laptop wouldn’t even turn on.
iFixit also confirmed the change in the base model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro when it comes to the SSD, as the version with 256 GB storage now has a single NAND chipwhich lowers the data transfer speed compared to the M1 MacBook Pro with 256 GB of storage, which had two NAND chips.
Can it be repaired?
Unfortunately, it seems that Apple has tried to make third-party repairs even more difficult with the new-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to iFixit, even the trackpad serial number on the new laptop is tied to the SoC, meaning you can’t replace it without replacing the entire logic board — or at least without an internal Apple tool.
The good news is that iFixit believes the M2 MacBook Pro will eventually be added to Apple’s Self Repair Program so consumers can purchase legitimate MacBook Pro parts to replace them.
Given that the M2 MacBook Pro isn’t a flagship, it’s no surprise, of course, that Apple has reused most of the previous-generation components, especially since tech companies are still dealing with chip shortages. Still, the new M2 MacBook Air seems like a better deal at the moment, as it features a brand new design with an edge-to-edge display and MagSafe connector.
You can watch the iFixit teardown below or at YouTube†
It’s worth noting that the new M2 MacBook Air is not yet available for pre-order and will hit stores in July. You can buy a new Mac at Apple or search for special offers on Amazon† Prices for the new M2 MacBook Pro start at $1,299.
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